Year End Tax Planning Starts with a Charitable Donation Assessment How Do You PLAN to Give Back Next Year?

The more money we tend to have, the harder it tends to be to share our resources with others. This is true up to the point we start to appreciate the significance of giving back. For many this tipping point

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New requirement for dependents whose passports don’t have a date of entry into the U.S.

The IRS changed its policy on acceptable documentation for issuing dependent Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITIN). The agency no longer accepts passports that do not have a date of entry into the U.S. as a stand-alone identification document for dependents

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General Tax Benefits of Charitably Giving

Warren Buffet released certain claims made on his 2015 personal income tax return in a statement released by Business Wire, A Berkshire Hathaway Company. It is worth noting his remarkable generosity. Check out these figures: adjusted gross income - $11,563,931

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Types of Charitable Contributions and the Most Common Way a Charitable Contribution Can Be Made

While working on the St. Peter 2016/17 Stewardship Campaign it became very clear to me that some very smart endowed good people simply do not know about the various types of charitable contributions that can be created or even simply how

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Charitably Giving with Intention – An Introspective – Part 1 – QCD’s

Last spring I became relatively involved with St. Peter’s Stewardship Committee out here in Greenwood Village, Colorado.  With membership ranks and pledged donations struggling, my wife and I developed a plan to drill down into several aspects of charitable giving

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Retirement Savings Contribution Catch Up Considerations

If you will be 50 or older by the end of 2016, you may be able to contribute more money every year to your employer-sponsored retirement plans and your individual retirement arrangements. Contributing more money will help you save more

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Immediately Effective Changes to IRS ITIN Acceptance Agent Program

According to Brenda L. Hales, Senior Tax Analyst, Internal Revenue Service, ITIN Policy Section-M/S 97-WI of 401 W Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30308 the ITIN Acceptance Agent Program includes the following changes made in 2016 and are immediately effective: Certification Process Changes For dependents, Certifying

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For All Who Travel for Work – New Per Diem Rates Published

If you travel for work surely you are in tune with per diem rates for lodging meals and incidental expenses.  Did you know that your per diem changes based on where you hang your hat for the day or night.

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What to do WHEN you disagree with the IRS

The IRS Office of Appeals offers taxpayers an opportunity to resolve their tax disputes without going to court. Appeals is an independent function within the IRS that provides an impartial review of your tax dispute. Appeals also offers mediation services

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New Requirements for ITIN Applicants

New requirements implemented for dependents whose passports lack a date of entry stamp into the U.S. Beginning Oct. 1, 2016, the IRS will no longer accept passports that do not have a date of entry into the U.S. as a

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